FERMO (Italy) – The MX1 and MX2 qualifying races, as well as race one of the UEM EMX125, took place today in Fermo under a blue sky and with more than 20 degrees. Gautier Paulin and Tommy Searle dominated the MX1 and MX2 qualifying races respectively, while Tim Gajser obtained a comfortable victory in the UEM EMX125.
The MX1 qualifying race was disputed between Gautier Paulin and Christophe Pourcel, who exchanged the lead during the whole heat, but it was the first one who obtained the final victory. Third was Ken De Dycker and Bobryshev and Sebastien Pourcel completed the top five. Clement Desalle and Antonio Cairoli made several mistakes during the qualifying race and they finished eighth and thirteenth respectively.
Steven Frossard took part in the qualifying race but he crashed and had to stop in the pitlane because he could not stand the pain. Tomorrow he will try to take part in the warm-up, but his presence in the main races is still uncertain. Tommy Searle commanded the MX2 qualifying race almost since the beginning, and his teammate Joel Roelants succeeded in being second, followed by red plate holder Jeffrey Herlings.
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Paulin won the MX1 qualifying race in Fermo, but he had to fight hard with his compatriot Christophe Pourcel to be the first one to cross the finish line. Both riders exchanged the lead in several occasions and they fought for the victory until the end.
Christophe Pourcel started from the fifth position, but he quickly moved up to second and gave chase to the leader Paulin. His lap times were better than Paulin’s, so he moved up to the first position and he pulled away. However, Paulin caught Pourcel in the last minutes of the qualifying race, and the CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider had to settle down with the second position.
Once again Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s De Dycker made a solid moto and he rode third from beginning to end. The Belgian is obtaining really good results since he is riding for KTM and yesterday Claudio De Carli announced that De Dycker will stay in the MX1 team until the end of the season.
Honda World Motocross’ Bobryshev finished fourth in today’s qualifying heat, which is a sign that his thumb injury is much better. The Russian will have a good starting position tomorrow, so he might be able to start fighting for the top three places if the pain lets him fight during the 40 minutes and two laps of both heats.
Sebastien Pourcel did a very consistent moto, maintaining the initial fifth position until the end. The CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider is feeling better and better every Grand Prix and a proof of that is his top five result in today’s qualifying race. Home rider Philippaerts finished sixth and Boog was seventh.
Desalle did a really good start and he rode second during the first two laps. However, the Belgian made a mistake, went out the track and he dropped down to the fourteenth position. In the end, Desalle crossed the finish line eighth.
Cairoli admitted that he has made the worst qualifying race so far, after making two mistakes during the moto and being only able to finish thirteenth. However, Cairoli is feeling good and he hopes to be on the podium tomorrow in front of his crowd.
MX1 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 25:09.523; ; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:01.559; 3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:33.611; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:38.930; 5. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:44.173; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:48.327; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:52.711; 8. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:57.856; 9. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), +1:01.781; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:02.912;
Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle started from an initial third position and he quickly moved up to second taking advantage of Van Horebeek’s mistake. Searle’s lap times were much better than the ones of Nichols, who was leading the race, so the Kawasaki rider took the lead easily and commanded the qualifying heat until the end.
His teammate Roelants did not have a really good start and had to fight hard from the eighth position to finish second. This result gives the Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider another good chance to pick a good starting gate tomorrow to fight once more for the podium finish or even for the overall victory.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Herlings finished third in the qualifying heat, but he had to fight really hard from an initial thirteenth position. Herlings proved that he has the speed to do well tomorrow, so if he has a good start, he might be able to obtain the overall victory.
Van Horebeek did one of the best starts of the season so far and he crossed the first corner in the third position, he then moved up to second, but he made a mistake and he went down to the sixth place. The Red Bull KTM Factory rider did not give up and he managed to cross the finish line fourth.
Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Nicholls took the holeshot one more time, but he was not able to keep the lead more than three laps. Nicholls was overtaken by his compatriot Searle during the third lap and later one it was Roelants, Herlings and finally Van Horebeek who managed to overtake the Nestaan JM Racing KTM rider, who finished fifth.
Charlier obtained a solid sixth position on his debut in the 2012 season after his foot injury and Leib and Lupino followed the French rider. Ferrandis finished ninth and Tonkov completed the top ten. Teillet was back on the bike for the qualifying race after his crash in Sevlievo, but he could not finish the heat, so his presence tomorrow in the main races is still uncertain.
MX2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 25:35.454; 2. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:02.076; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:03.107; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:25.916; 5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:28.877; 6. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:36.322; 7. Michael Leib (USA, Yamaha), +0:38.572; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:43.055; 9. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:44.703; 10. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +0:49.181;